I was commissioned to create a mini-documentary about Teri for the awards ceremony so Lou and I hopped over to Sitka and spent a few days with her. She was a charming ball of raw energy and talent, very much a woman of infinite youth.
Teri has been called a “living treasure” by the National Endowment for the Arts and has received numerous awards for her work. She creates beautiful, contemporary Tlingit art using traditional methods and lives her life with gusto.
When I found out Teri listened to metal while she spun her wool I had to include that, it was just too much fun. I like using local music on these kinds of films and this time around, the tunes were provided by Alaska metal bands Robert Landis and 36Crazyfists. Thanks to Charlie Green and Jessica Eller for getting me pointed in the right direction.
The Rasmuson Foundation provides herculean support for the arts in Alaska and, if you live here, you really should apply for one of their individual artist grants.
P.S. – This is the second year I’ve been lucky enough to produce one of these profiles, here’s the one from last year on Kes Woodward.